As the pandemic has brought our world’s climate and health crises into sharp relief, the time is ripe to include women’s reproductive rights as part of our climate solutions toolbox.
The defeat of Donald Trump, and Biden’s attempts to dismantle Trump’s white supremacist agenda, have inspired a fevered campaign by state-level Republican lawmakers of voter suppression and abortion restrictions. While at first glance these efforts might appear to be unrelated, they are deeply connected.
For The Weekly Pulse, we’ve scoured the most trusted journalistic sources—and, of course, our Twitter feeds—to bring you this week’s most important news stories related to health and wellness.
This week: updates on the pandemic as cases rise worldwide; birth control users question the FDA pause on distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine; the Biden administration bolsters reproductive health by lifting medication abortion restrictions and undoing the domestic gag rule; and more.
Just three days into Black Maternal Health Week, the Biden administration initiated a roll-back of the Trump-era domestic gag rule—a policy which strips Title X funding from any provider who offers abortion care or provides referrals for these resources.
The Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage requirement has increased the use of birth control among patients. But even with the measure in place, the pandemic took a toll on women’s contraceptive access to contraception, perpetuating inequities in access.
The inability of people, particularly people of color, to access basic health care is a crisis. The climate emergency is a crisis. A million wildlife species going extinct in the coming decades is a crisis. People choosing to delay pregnancy or have fewer children is not.
“In a society that seems more committed to death than to health, sisterhood could save our lives.”
Talking about our reproductive health can help end the taboos and stigma around sex and contraception.
Past patterns and emerging evidence suggest we are going to see a COVID Baby Bust. After all, it’s hard to think about having another child when you are worried about taking care of the child you already have.
But how long will it last and how big will it be?
Dr. Sophia Yen, co-founder & CEO of Pandia Health, discusses her experiences as the founder of a women-led, doctor-led birth control delivery service.